The Romanian Communist Elite during the Early 1950’s. 
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Elita comunistă din RPR la începutul anilor 1950. Surse inedite americane
The Romanian Communist Elite during the Early 1950’s. American unpublished sources

Author(s): Radu Tudorancea
Subject(s): History
Published by: Institutul de Istorie Nicolae Iorga
Keywords: Communism; Political Purges; Eastern Europe; Political Elites; People’s Republic of Romania.

Summary/Abstract: The present study is focusing on the evaluation of the Romanian Communist elite during the early 1950’s, as seen through the eyes of American informative and diplomatic representatives in Bucharest. The architecture of power at the top level of the Romanian Workers Party had been carrefully examined by the US Legation in Bucharest, during the late 1940’s- and early 1950’s, with reports and analysis being sent on a regular basis to Washington. The period which is being taken into consideration has to do with the consolidation of the Communist internal political power within People’s Republic of Romania, associated with violent repression and extreme dogmatism. During the above mentioned period, People’s Republic of Romania and RWP experienced a long and intense competition for leadership; these evolutions were marked by confrontation and purges which led to the elimination of the Ana Pauker-Vasile Luca-Teohari Georgescu group in 1952 and the entrenchment in power of Gheorghe Gheorghiu Dej. The way in which all these evolutions have taken place, the key actors involved and the role of Moscow have been assesed by various US archival documents, shedding new light into a dark period of the Romania’s past.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 69-83
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Romanian